Blur’s Damon Albarn has finished his long-awaited solo album, and it’s produced by XL Records’ Richard Russell.
It’s no big secret that Albarn has been working on a solo record, but in a new interview with Rolling Stone he reveals that the album is finished, as well as Russell’s role in it. Albarn and Russell enjoy a close relationship, and previously worked together on Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe.
“He’s done spectacularly well as a music mogul”, Albarn says of Russell, “but I think he wants to focus his energy on producing records [as well as The Bravest Man in the Universe, Russell produced Gil Scott-Heron’s last album before his death]. Making a solo record is can be such a disaster, so I thought if we’re going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it – take that responsibility away from myself. Richard does the kind of rhythmic side of it and I do everything else.”
As for Blur, Albarn teased a new album by the group at a gig in Hong Kong earlier this month.